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Assembly Panel Kills Bill To Force More Night College Classes

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MADISON, Wis. (Midwest Communications) - A state Assembly panel has killed a bill to make all Wisconsin technical college courses meet at night every 3 years.

Wisconsin Rapids Democrat Marlin Schneider proposed the measure. That was after his daughter said it would take her 10 years to graduate, because certain classes only meet during the day when she works. Assembly Democrats Peter Barca of Kenosha and Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore joined Schneider in introducing the bill. It had a hearing before the Assembly Colleges Committee, and it was dropped after that.

The bill would have required at least 30 percent of all classes to begin at 5 p.m. or later. Tech college officials said they already do that. And Elizabeth Moran of Mid-State Tech in Wisconsin Rapids said some classes at places like hospitals cannot meet at night. Moran also said she had not heard complaints from others about being shut out of classes in the evenings. But Schneider still believes it's happening. And he wants an audit of all class schedules to see what percentage of students can finish their degrees in a reasonable time.

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